Your vehicle is equipped with the Passlock
Passlock is a passive theft
deterrent system. Passlock
enables fuel if the ignition lock cylinder is turned with a
valid key. If a correct key is not used or the ignition lock
cylinder is tampered with, fuel is disabled.
During normal operation, the SECURITY light will go
off approximately five seconds after the key is turned to
the ON ignition position.
If the engine stalls and the SECURITY light flashes,
wait until the light stops flashing before trying to restart
the engine. Remember to release the key from START
as soon as the engine starts.
If the engine is running and the SECURITY light comes
on, you will be able to restart the engine if you turn the
engine off. However, your Passlock system is not working
properly and must be serviced by your dealer. Your vehicle
is not protected by Passlock at this time. You may also
want to check the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers”
in the Index). See your dealer for service.
In an emergency, call the Pontiac Roadside Assistance
Center at 1
ROADSIDE or 1
(In Canada, call 1
New Vehicle “Break
Your vehicle doesn’t need an elaborate
in.” But it will perform better in the
long run if you follow these guidelines:
Don’t drive at any one speed
for the first 500 miles (805 km).
Don’t make full
Avoid making hard stops for the first
200 miles (322 km) or so. During this time
your new brake linings aren’t yet broken
in. Hard stops with new linings can mean
premature wear and earlier replacement.
Follow this breaking
in guideline every
time you get new brake linings.
Don’t tow a trailer during break
See “Towing a Trailer” in the Index for
Turn and Lane Change Signals
The turn signal has two upward (for right) and two
downward (for left) positions. These positions allow
you to signal a turn or a lane change.
To signal a turn, move the lever all the way up
or down. When the turn is finished, the lever will
An arrow on the instrument
panel will flash in the
direction of the turn or
To signal a lane change, just raise or lower the lever
until the arrow starts to flash. Hold it there until you
complete your lane change. The lever will return by
itself when you release it.
As you signal a turn or a lane change, if the arrows flash
rapidly, a signal bulb may be burned out and other
drivers won’t see your turn signal.
If a bulb is burned out, replace it to help avoid an
accident. If the arrows don’t go on at all when you
signal a turn, check for burned
out bulbs and then check
the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index).
Headlamp High/Low Beam
To change the headlamps
from low beam to
high beam, push
forward on the turn
To change the headlamps from high beam to low beam,
pull the turn signal lever backward. When the high
beams are on, a light on the instrument panel also
will be on.
This feature lets you use your high
beam headlamps to
signal a driver in front of you that you want to pass.
To use it, pull the turn signal/multifunction lever toward
you until the high
beam headlamps come on, then
release the lever to turn them off.
The main components of your instrument panel are:
Fog Lamp Switch
Instrument Panel Intensity Control
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
Windshield Wiper/Washer Lever
Enhanced Traction System
Climate Control System
M. Gear Shift Lever
Cruise Control Switches (If Equipped)
Steering Wheel Audio System (If Equipped)
Tilt Wheel Lever
Hood Release Handle
Have you recently changed brands of fuel?
If so, be sure to fuel your vehicle with quality fuel (see
“Fuel” in the Index). Poor fuel quality will cause your
engine not to run as efficiently as designed. You may
notice this as stalling after start
up, stalling when you put
the vehicle into gear, misfiring, hesitation on acceleration
or stumbling on acceleration. (These conditions may go
away once the engine is warmed up.) This will be
detected by the system and cause the light to turn on.
If you experience one or more of these conditions,
change the fuel brand you use. It will require at least one
full tank of the proper fuel to turn the light off.
If none of the above steps have made the light turn off,
have your dealer or qualified service center check the
vehicle. Your dealer has the proper test equipment and
diagnostic tools to fix any mechanical or electrical
problems that may have developed.
Oil Pressure Light
If you have a low engine oil
pressure problem, this light
will stay on after you start
your engine, or come on
and you will hear a chime
when you are driving.
This indicates that your engine is not receiving enough
oil. The engine could be low on oil, or could have some
other oil problem. Have it fixed immediately.
When the ignition is on but the engine is not running,
the light will come on as a test to show you it is
working, but the light will go out when the engine is
running. If it doesn’t come on with the ignition on, you
may have a problem with the fuse or bulb. Have it fixed
Towing Your Vehicle from the Front
To tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground,
follow these steps:
Position the vehicle to tow and then secure it.
Turn the ignition switch to OFF.
Set the parking brake.
Remove the following fuses from the left side of the
instrument panel fuse block: B) Radio, C) Wiper, H)
Body Computer, K) Body Function Control Module,
Cluster. This will prevent your battery from draining
while towing. See “Instrument Panel Fuse
Left” in Section 6 for the location of
Turn the ignition switch to ACC.
Shift your transaxle to NEUTRAL (N).
Release the parking brake.
Remember to replace the fuses once you reach your
destination. To replace a fuse:
Set the parking brake.
Remove the key from the ignition switch.
Replace the fuse.
Make sure that the towing speed does not exceed
65 mph (110 km/h), or your vehicle could be
Engine Oil Additives
Don’t add anything to your oil. Your dealer is ready to
advise if you think something should be added.
When to Change Engine Oil
Your vehicle has a computer that lets you know when to
change your engine oil. This is not based on mileage,
but on engine revolutions and engine operating
temperature. When the computer has calculated that the
oil needs changing, the Oil Life Monitor will indicate
that a change is necessary. The mileage between oil
changes will vary depending on how you drive your
usually between 3,000 miles (5 000 km) and
7,500 miles (12 500 km) since your last oil change.
Under severe conditions, the indicator may come on
before 3,000 miles (5 000 km). Never drive your vehicle
more than 7,500 miles (12 500 km) or 12 months
(whichever occurs first) without an oil change.
The system won’t detect dust in the oil. So, if you
drive in a dusty area, be sure to change your oil every
3,000 miles (5 000 km) or sooner. Remember to reset
the CHANGE OIL light whenever the oil is changed.
How to Reset the Change Oil Light
After changing the engine oil, the system must be reset.
With the ignition key to ON (engine not running), push the
RESET button located in the driver’s side instrument panel
fuse block. The CHANGE OIL light will start to flash,
press and hold the RESET button again. The reset is
complete when you hear the chimes and the CHANGE
OIL light goes out.
What to Do with Used Oil
Did you know that used engine oil contains certain
elements that may be unhealthy for your skin and could
even cause cancer? Don’t let used oil stay on your skin
for very long. Clean your skin and nails with soap and
water, or a good hand cleaner. Wash or properly throw
away clothing or rags containing used engine oil. (See
the manufacturer’s warnings about the use and disposal
of oil products.)
Used oil can be a real threat to the environment. If you
change your own oil, be sure to drain all free
from the filter before disposal. Don’t ever dispose of oil
by putting it in the trash, pouring it on the ground, into
sewers, or into streams or bodies of water. Instead,
recycle it by taking it to a place that collects used oil.
If you have a problem properly disposing of your used
oil, ask your dealer, a service station or a local recycling
center for help.
Any time you adjust a tire’s pressure, rotate your tires, or
have one or more tires repaired or replaced, you’ll need to
reset (calibrate) the tire pressure monitor system. You’ll
also need to reset the system whenever you buy new tires
and whenever the vehicle’s battery has been disconnected.
To reset (calibrate) the system: turn the ignition switch
to ON (engine not running). The RESET button is
located inside of the driver’s side instrument fuse panel.
Press and release the RESET button. The CHANGE
OIL light will begin to flash. Press and release the
RESET button again. The CHANGE OIL light will go
off, and the CHECK TIRE PRESSURE light will start
flashing. When the CHECK TIRE PRESSURE light is
flashing, press and hold the RESET button until the
chime sounds. If the CHECK TIRE PRESSURE light
doesn’t go off then, see your dealer for service.
The system completes the calibration process
The system normally takes 15 to 20 minutes of driving
in each of three speed ranges to “learn” tire pressures.
The speed ranges are 15 to 40 mph (25 to 65 km/h),
40 to 65 mph (65 to 105 km/h) and above 65 mph
(105 km/h). When learning is complete, the system will
alert you after 2
8 minutes if a tire is 12 psi (83 kPa)
different from the other three tires. Detection thresholds
may be higher and detection times may be longer on
rough roads, curves and at high speeds. The system
is not capable of detection at speeds greater than
75 mph (120 km/h).
Tire Inspection and Rotation
Tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles
(10 000 to 13 000 km). Any time you notice unusual
wear, rotate your tires as soon as possible and check
wheel alignment. Also check for damaged tires or
wheels. See “When It’s Time for New Tires” and
“Wheel Replacement” later in this section for
The purpose of regular rotation is to achieve more
uniform wear for all tires on the vehicle. The first
rotation is the most important. See “Scheduled
Maintenance Services” in the Index for scheduled
Add-On Electrical Equipment
Don’t add anything electrical to your vehicle
unless you check with your dealer first. Some
electrical equipment can damage your vehicle
and the damage wouldn’t be covered by your
warranty. Some add
on electrical equipment
can keep other components from working as
Your vehicle has an air bag system. Before attempting to
add anything electrical to your vehicle, see “Servicing
Your Air Bag
Equipped Vehicle” in the Index.
The windshield wiper motor is protected by a circuit
breaker and a fuse. If the motor overheats due to heavy
snow, etc., the wiper will stop until the motor cools. If
the overload is caused by some electrical problem, have
A circuit breaker in the fuse panel protects the power
windows. When the current load is too heavy, the circuit
breaker opens and closes, protecting the circuit until the
problem is fixed.
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
The wiring circuits in your vehicle are protected from
short circuits by a combination of fuses, circuit breakers
and fusible links. This greatly reduces the chance of
damage caused by electrical problems.
Look at the silver
colored band inside the fuse. If the
band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure to
replace a bad fuse with a new one of the identical size
There are three fuse blocks in your vehicle: two
instrument panel fuse blocks and the engine
compartment fuse block.
There are four spare fuses located in the left instrument
panel fuse block for your use.
Instrument Panel Fuse Blocks
There are two fuse panels for your vehicle. One is
located on the driver’s side of the instrument panel and
the other is located on the passenger’s side.
Steering Wheel Radio Switches
Windshield Wiper Motor, Washer
Trunk Release Relay/Motor,
RKE, Audio Amplifier
Turn Signal Lamps
Body Computer (BFC)
Door Lock Motors
Cluster, Body Computer (BFC)
HVAC Head, Cluster,
Data Link Connector
Interior Lamp Dimming
Steering Wheel Cruise Control
Steering Wheel Cruise
HVAC Blower Motor
Interior Courtesy Lamps
Engine Compartment Fuse Block
The engine compartment fuse block is located on the
driver’s side of the engine compartment, near the battery.
Power Seats, Power
Mirrors, Door Locks, Trunk
Release, Audio Amplifier,
Remote Lock Control
Hand Electrical Center
Lamps, Hazard Lamps, Body
Function Control Module, Cluster,
Climate Control System
Hand Electrical Center
Lamps, Radio, Body Function
Control Module, Interior Lamps
HVAC Blower (Climate Control)
Air Conditioning Compressor
Automatic Light Control
Automatic Light Control
Daytime Running Lamps
Spare Fuse Holder
Accessory Power Outlets,
Variable Effort Steering
Air Conditioning Compressor,
Body Function Control Module
Powertrain Control Module
Up Lamps, Brake Transaxle
Powertrain Control Module
Rear Defog, Daytime Running
Lamps, Climate Control System
Canister Vent Valve, Exhaust
Fuel Pump, Injectors
HVAC Blower (Climate Control )
Fuse Puller for Mini Fuses